PanaTimes

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2023

These are the US airlines most likely to lose or mishandle your bags

These are the US airlines most likely to lose or mishandle your bags

Airlines have been losing thousands of suitcases in recent months amid mounting travel chaos. But some airlines are more likely to lose, damage, or delay luggage than others, DoT data shows. Republic Airways mishandled one in every 111 bags it took on planes in the first five months of 2022.
Photos of airports piled high with unclaimed suitcases have littered social media in recent weeks amid mounting travel chaos.

Airlines have been losing thousands of suitcases, in some cases taking weeks to reunite them with their owners and leaving empty-handed travelers scrambling to buy new clothes, toiletries, and medication during their vacations.

The problems have largely stemmed from a combination of understaffing and technical issues, and in many cases have occurred during two-leg flights where the luggage wasn't transferred onto the second plane. A spike in flight delays and cancellations is exacerbating the problem.

Some airlines, however, are more likely to lose or mishandle your luggage than others.

Each month, the Department of Transportation releases information about how many bags were put onto planes and how many of these were "mishandled," which it defines as bags, wheelchairs, and scooters that were lost, damaged, delayed, or stolen after being checked in for and taken onboard a nonstop domestic flight.

The DoT releases this information for the US' 17 biggest airlines and the most recent data, released Wednesday, covers bags taken on planes in May, just as travel chaos was beginning to crystallize. The data doesn't cover international flights or ones with a transfer, and also doesn't include bags that simply never made it onto the plane in the first place.

Insider analyzed the DoT data for the first five months of 2022 and found that Republic Airways mishandled one in every 111 bags it took on planes. Republic Airways is a regional carrier that operates some services as American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.

Budget airline Allegiant Air performed best, mishandling just one in every 630 bags, the data shows.

Here's the percentage of bags mishandled by each airline between January and May 2022, listed from worst to best:

Republic Airways — 0.904% of bags mishandled

American Airlines — 0.861%

Envoy Air — 0.828%

Alaska Airlines — 0.756%

JetBlue Airways — 0.687%

Horizon Air — 0.682%

PSA Airlines — 0.652%

United Airlines — 0.634%

Delta Air Lines — 0.634%

Mesa Airlines — 0.633%

Skywest Airlines — 0.594%

Endeavor Air — 0.589%

Spirit Airlines — 0.464%

Southwest Airlines — 0.430%

Frontier Airlines — 0.350%

Hawaiian Airlines — 0.298%

Allegiant Air — 0.159%

Overall 0.56% of bags taken on planes by these 17 airlines were mishandled in May, or one in every 179, according to the DoT figures, a roughly 50% increase from the same month in 2021.

Republic Airways performed worst, mishandling 8,794 of the 941,879 it enplaned, or 0.93%, closely followed by American Airlines, which mishandled 50,375 of the nearly 6 million bags it enplaned, or 0.85%.

Looking at just wheelchairs and scooters, JetBlue Airways performed worst in May, mishandling 4.66 of every 100 enplaned, closely followed by Spirit Airlines at 4.24. Allegiant was the least likely to mishandle a wheelchair or scooter, with just 0.18 mishandled.

In 2021, 0.51% of bags were mishandled, DoT data shows, with Envoy Air and American Airlines the most likely to mishandle luggage and Allegiant Air and Hawaiian Airlines the least.

Wednesday's DoT data also shows that the number of complaints against airlines has risen drastically, including complaints about cancellations, delays, and misconnections.
Newsletter

Related Articles

PanaTimes
Close
0:00
0:00
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will block Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Germany confirms it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
Corruption works: House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena her donor, Sam Bankman-Fried, to testify at hearing on FTX collapse
Ronaldo's new contract...
Prince William's godmother resigns honorary royal role after exposing her/their racism
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman.
Yellen hints at ‘national security’ probe into Twitter purchase
Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trump's Twitter account.
Good news: US moves to shield Saudi crown prince in journalist killing
×